Broncos Need To Explore Their "Options"

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Fired UNLV Coach Mike Sanford could help "spice up" the suddenly vanilla Broncos offense.

'Tis the season to "spice" things up.  And boy does the Broncos offense need some flavor.  Since mid-October they've been as vanilla as vanilla gets scoring just three touchdowns in three games (one in the second half).

But it's the Broncos lucky week thanks to Las Vegas!  On Monday UNLV fired head coach Mike Sanford effective at the end of the season.  Josh McDaniels needs to roll the dice and hire Sanford as a "special consultant."  He can add a few wrinkles to the Broncos offense to help iron out their scoring problems.

Sanford is an offensive genius.  He was the offensive coordinator at Utah during the Utes rise to supremacy in 2004 that led to a BCS bowl game.   His "spread offense" equalized the playing field that allowed Utah to not only compete with, but dominate the bullies of college football (scoring an average of 45 points per game).  Heck, he made Alex Smith a Heisman Finalist and a #1 Overall NFL Draft Pick.  His offense has been duplicated across the college football landscape and is now leaking into the NFL with the "Wildcat Formation" fad.

The NFL has gone wild with the "Wildcat" (or "Wild Horse" as Denver is calling it).  It has been very effective when used at the right time.  The formation is nothing more than a "sprint option" where the "Quarterback" (usually a running back or wide receiver) sprints out with the option to run, pass or pitch to a trailing running back.  This is Mike Sanford's area of expertise!  Imagine Eddie Royal lining up in the shotgun formation with Knowshon Moreno behind him.  Royal takes the snap, rolls out to the right where he has multitude of options.  This could be a deadly weapon with the right teacher.  Mike Sanford is the guy!  He can implement the system (to be used a few times per game) and Josh McDaniels (a quarterback guru) can teach Royal how to throw a pass.  The rest will take care of itself.

The option attack (or "sprint option" out of a spread formation) is nearly unstoppable with the right speed, timing and teacher.   The Broncos have the speed, they just need the teacher and knowledge of how/when to attack. 

Vegas has put "free money" on the table, the Broncos just need to cash in.  Hiring Sanford would be like hitting the jackpot!... and put an end to that boring, vanilla offense.

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  • by PJ Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Yeah, first thing, FIRE and get rid of Josh McDaniels and bring in John Elway as the new head coach and president of the Broncos Football Operations, and lets get back to winning! and getting into the playoffs and beat the Indianapolis Colts, who we have been losing to every time we make it into the first round of the playoffs, and that is the end of our season. What happen to getting further into the playoffs and possibly make it to the Super Bowl??
  • by Steven Location: CO Springs, CO on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    I know I'm not the first person that has said this but they need to get Peyton Hillis more involved, yes he made a few screw ups in the begining of the year but this boy has talent and he is being wasted. 4th down and one, I would put my money on Hillis over Moreno anyday. He ran over people last year and made defenses look real bad, come on coach give him a chance.
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